Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 12/26/11

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

We’re not signing up for saying this is the worst Bill Belichick defense; and for those who have forgotten, Belichick and Tom Brady got here in 2000, not 2001. Look at the 2000 defense and their 5-11 record, 2002 and the 9-7 record, or how about 2009 10-6 record?

We’ll say it if no one else will - this defense doesn’t cover well, but they make plays. In 2010, the masses said they stunk, but they led the league in takeaways. They lead the AFC again in the giveaway/take away differential again.

So no we’re not going to say they collectively stink. Two forced fumbles and an interception on Sunday reaffirms the new NFL - Give up yards but get turnovers. That’s where this league is heading, like it or not. Yeah, go ahead and point to the Steelers (trailing the Patriots in the standings) or Houston (trailing the Patriots in the standings). Would you like Baltimore (trailing the Patriots in the standings) or how about Jacksonville, the 4th ranked defense that will be home in January and top five in the draft? Who do you prefer?

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